Snowbird Driving Habits in Sebastian, Vero Beach

Vero Beach and Sebastian residents report bad driving habits from Snowbirds.
Vero Beach and Sebastian residents report bad driving habits from Snowbirds.

VERO BEACH – When leaving Sebastian on U.S. Highway 1, I felt like Vero Beach was Miami when traveling through Miracle Mile.

It took me almost 45 minutes to make the Vero Beach drive because all the out-of-state tags decided to drive under the speed limit in both lanes.

Sebastian Daily covers a lot of news in Indian River County, and south Brevard. We have to be at different locations throughout the day.

We could be in Vero Beach and have to drive quickly to Sebastian. Or, we could be in Micco and have to cover a story in Vero Lake Estates.

It hasn’t been easy to make these trips, and adding to the frustration are those who make a complete stop on U.S. 1 before pulling into a plaza or when making a right turn.

We love the snowbirds and enjoy the benefits of a great economy when they visit. But their driving habits upset me.

Yesterday, I was driving in Sebastian, and some woman tried to cross the median while leaving her vehicle sitting out in the fast lane. This nearly caused an accident because all cars had to brake. I blew my horn, but she looked at me as if it was my fault.

There’s been a lot of construction this week in Sebastian. Some of these projects force cars to merge into one lane. Snowbirds don’t signal, and they assume you’re watching when they cut you off when merging into your lane.

The Historic Downtown area in Vero Beach also has its problems. People are parking way too close to others on the street. One guy had to climb through the passenger side door after a large Cadillac, with out-of-state plates, parked way too close.

Snowbirds also like to slam on their brakes when they see a yellow traffic light, which causes everyone else to stop suddenly.

We don’t like to pick on Snowbirds, and I don’t think there’s any solution to the road problem. Most people living in Sebastian and Vero Beach are working, and have places to be.

However, most Snowbirds will remind us that they pour money into the economy. That’s true, but bar & restaurant employees will say they don’t tip. I don’t think that’s a fair statement, but whatever.

We all have to share the roads, but here are a couple of tips. If you’re in the fast lane and see someone behind you, do everyone a favor and use the slow lane. Don’t drive next to the vehicle in the slow lane. Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and raised in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. He has worked for WFLX-TV (Fox 29), WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. In 1994, Andy took a break from broadcasting and was a software and systems engineer for various companies. In 2002, he permanently moved back to Sebastian, where Andy's family has lived for over 45 years. He returned to the broadcasting sector in 2005. Andy joined Sebastian Daily as our editor-in-chief in 2016.